Appeals Process

The JFQA wishes to publish the best papers, while treating all authors fairly.  Publication in the JFQA is extremely competitive, and over 90% of submissions are rejected.   Occasionally an author will conclude that a rejection decision was based on a referee’s substantive misinterpretation of the paper’s content, methods, or contribution.  To resolve such a situation equitably, and to avoid serious errors in our editorial outcomes, the JFQA relies on the following procedure.

  1. The author(s) may submit a letter detailing their concerns to the editorial office, with the understanding that it will be forwarded to the original referee. This letter must be sent within 2 months of the original decision.
  2. The original referee is asked to respond to the editor.
  3. If the referee is not persuaded to reverse his or her prior negative recommendation, the author can, within one month, initiate the following formal appeals procedure:
  • Pay an appeals fee of $500.
  • The editor will send the paper to an appeals referee, along with the prior review and the correspondence between the author and the original referee. The appeals referee will review the version of the paper that was originally submitted.
  • The appeals referee will submit a letter to the editor and a referee report.  If the appeals referee convinces the editor that a revision request is appropriate, the $500 fee will be refunded, and the review process will continue with the appeals referee replacing the original referee going forward.
  • If the appeals referee does not convince the editor that a revision request is appropriate then the submission fee is not refunded and the rejection decision is final.

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